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Lucas Johnson

ASU West, Spring 2016

CLASSROOM
MANAGEMENT PLAN
TEL 311 Signature Assignment

Contents
Self-Introduction..............................................................................................................................2
Room Arrangement..........................................................................................................................3
Teacher Desk................................................................................................................................3
Material Cabinets.........................................................................................................................3
Bookshelves.................................................................................................................................3
Homework Station.......................................................................................................................3
Teachers Locked Cabinet............................................................................................................4
Filing Cabinet..............................................................................................................................4
White Boards...............................................................................................................................4
Student Desks..............................................................................................................................4
Mounted Projector.......................................................................................................................4
Trash Cans...................................................................................................................................5
Bulletin Boards............................................................................................................................5
Computer Station.........................................................................................................................5
Couch and Beanbag.....................................................................................................................5
Document Camera.......................................................................................................................5
Smartboard...................................................................................................................................5
Illustrations..................................................................................................................................6
Classroom Procedures.....................................................................................................................7
Beginning and End of Class........................................................................................................7
Transition Between Activities and Managing Student Work.......................................................7
Absences and Late Work.............................................................................................................7
Grading Student Work and Communicating With Parents..........................................................8
Consideration of Diverse Learners..............................................................................................8
Rules and Consequences..................................................................................................................8
Rules............................................................................................................................................8
Consequences..............................................................................................................................9
Summary..........................................................................................................................................9

Self-Introduction
My name is Lucas Johnson and I am currently a student at Arizona State University
striving to achieve a Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education with a focus on history. I
graduated from Northland Preparatory Academy in 2006 which was ranked one of the top fifty
high schools in the nation at the time. I earned the Eagle Scout rank from the Boy Scouts of
America and completed several different challenging courses in the United States Army
including leadership and management courses. My education currently includes an Associates of
Arts in Administration of Justice from Coconino Community College. I also have had the
privilege of working at Adobe Mountain Juvenile Correctional Facility and while there I learned
more about adolescent management than any book could teach me.
The biggest thing I am looking for in this career is to help and serve people, which I have
strived to do all my life. Knowing from an early age that I had a deep passion for two things,
history and helping people I am confident that I can bring these two factors together and serve
the children in my classroom. In this career field I also know that I will be challenged and no two
days will be the same, I look forward to things never getting stale but constantly daring myself to
evolve as a better teacher. I want to look back and know that I made a difference in the lives of
my students and when they think about a teacher who influenced them I want them to think of
me.
After studying the research of Dr. Madeline Hunter, Dr. Harry Wong, and Dr. Fred Jones I
know that every student has the right to an outstanding education. It is our honor as teachers to
do our best to provide the best education we possibly can. I look forward to teaching in a diverse
school and the challenges that come along with it. I believe that variety is the spice of life and
each unique student will have something distinctive that only they can bring to the table. I
believe that each child has a desire to learn regardless of their background and also something
that they will teach me.

Room Arrangement
For this assignment we had been tasked to design a floor plan for our ideal classroom
with no budget and no limit to space. This made it much easier not having to worry about money
or space and it was a pleasure to imagine being able to set up a classroom like this one day.

Teacher Desk I placed my teacher desk in the back left corner of the room so that it would
not cost me proximity with the students. Also with it being in the back of the room I can see the
entirety of the class and I am not facing the students so they are not distracted by whats on my
desk or computer. The desk is a large half circle to accommodate all the items I will need for the
day.

Material Cabinets I placed two general access material cabinets in my room to hold
supplies such as rulers, paper, tape, etc. that the students can use on projects. These cabinets are
placed to the left of the student desks so that they are accessible for the students during activity
time but not up front so that they are distracting. Since these are on the sides they do not cause a
barrier to my movement per Dr. Fred Jones.

Bookshelves I have five bookshelves in my room, four are placed to the right of the
students desk so they can quickly access text and source books when they need to but again not
up front so that they are not a distraction during the lesson. One is used to hold current
newspapers and magazines up near the front door.

Homework Station I have placed a bin on the table near the door. In my class there will
be a procedure to turn in your homework after I have greeted you at the door at the beginning of
the period. This way the students will know that they will have to turn in their homework at the
beginning of the hour and save distractions when they would otherwise be rummaging around in
their backpacks. Their backpacks will be kept at their feet under the table and out of the
walkways of my class.

Teachers Locked Cabinet This cabinet is right near my desk so I can maintain positive
control of it. This cabinet will contain items such as scissors and other sensitive or potentially
dangerous materials. It will also serve as a location to lock up my personal bag, gradebook, and
laptop during the day.

Filing Cabinet I have placed two of these in my room, one a four drawer and one a two
drawer, both are located near my desk. These cabinets will both lock and will have important
documents in them such as upcoming assignments, test copies, parent letters, grade reports, etc. I
am keeping them near my desk so I can maintain positive control of them and easily water my
Japanese Aralia Trees that are placed on the cabinets. I am keeping these far enough away from
my desk so they do not impede my movement per Dr. Fred Jones.

White Boards I have placed three white boards in my room. One is placed up front right
next to the Smart Board in case I want to make any side notes during the lecture. Then I have
placed one on each wall near the material cabinets and bookshelves. These whiteboards will be
for student activities, brainstorming, and keeping score in our trivia games. I will also have
individual white boards for the students to use at designated times that are kept in the material
cabinets.

Student Desks I opted to place eighteen tables in my room instead of each student using
one desk. There will be two students at each table facing the front of the room. Each table is 48
by 24 and adjustable for height. Because all of them are adjustable any of these tables can
accommodate a disabled student who may be in a wheelchair or need a special chair. I felt that
this was best so that a special needs student does not feel ostracized by being placed at a separate
table. I have also placed the tables so that it forms an interior loop with generous walkways to
allow me easy access to any student at any time. My tables will be marked with tape and each
class will have to place the tables back on the mark before they are dismissed. According to Dr.
Fred Jones this arrangement also allows easy access for students to get into groups for projects.

Mounted Projector I have placed a wireless mounted projector in the middle of the room
attached to the ceiling facing the Smart Board. The projector will be linked to my computer and
document camera.

Trash Cans In my room I have placed one trash can behind my desk for easy access while
working. I have also placed one near the door for trash and one adjacent for recycling.

Bulletin Boards I have placed two bulletin boards in my room. Both are near the door, one
to the left and one to the right. On the bulletin boards there will be highly graded work (with the
students permission) and awards for students who were caught working extra hard. Also I will
use one of the boards for school announcements such as upcoming sporting events or contests.

Computer Station The only computer I will have in room permanently is the one at my
desk. I will need a computer for a litany of reasons but I do not want permanent computer
stations in my room because they are very distracting. I have noticed that when the students use
them it is rarely for task oriented work. When we need technology for research than I will bring
in the Chromebooks for each student to use at their table.

Couch and Beanbag I have placed a couch and a giant beanbag near the bookshelves.
These will be awarded to students who have excelled during the week to use during quiet work
or reading time. Sometimes it just takes a comfortable seat to motivate a student. Of course these
items will be flame retardant just in case. These are placed to the sides so that they do not impede
my mobility or proximity per Dr. Fred Jones.

Document Camera I have placed a document camera on my desk so that I can model for
the students how to take proper notes and what part of the text I want them to focus on.

Smartboard My Smartboard is front and center of the classroom and connected with the
computer and projector for lectures or videos. I will also hook up the Smartboard so that I can
project any school video announcements on the board although in my current placement they are
dont over the speaker each morning.
In summary I have organized my room to minimize distraction for my students and to
maximize mobility and proximity for myself per Dr. Fred Jones. I will keep the decorations
simple and uncluttered but enough to keep the students interested in the subject. I am sure that
with experience I will modify my room arrangement in the future.

Illustrations

Classroom Procedures
Beginning and End of Class
In my classroom I will set up and teach my procedures according to the research of Dr.
Harry Wong and Dr. Fred Jones. At the beginning of class I will tell my students to wait outside
the door in an orderly line and then I will greet them at the door, then I will instruct them to enter
the classroom. This will give me time to set out papers or materials I want them to pick up for the
day. When the students come into class there will be bell work, an anticipatory set, for them to
complete up on the Smartboard. Similarly at the end of class there will be a closure activity with
active participation per Dr. Harry Wong. I will teach them that I am the only one who can decide
when it is time for them to pack up and line up, I will dismiss them and not the bell. Before I tell
them to line up I will remind them of upcoming assignments.

Transition Between Activities and Managing Student Work


During class when my students are assigned activities I will use a timer to let them know
how much time they have to complete their assignments and when the timer goes off they will be
taught to pause their work and look at me for instruction. I will also use an auditory signal of
ladies and gentleman eyes on me. To effectively manage student work I will place a homework
bin at the door for them to place their completed homework in as they enter the room. There will
be a bin for each grade level. Also when there is work to be handed back (which I will have
graded in a timely fashion per Dr. Fred Jones) I will write the students name on the back of the
paper and out it facedown so other students cannot see the grade. Then the students will find the
paper with their name on it and pick it up as they come into class. On the same table there will
also be the appropriate materials and papers the students will need to collect for the days lesson.

Absences and Late Work


When any student is absent I will give them the same amount of days they were absent to
make up the work per Dr. Harry Wong. Because I do not want to waste instructional time
explaining what happened the day before I will place a small plastic file cabinet on the entry
table with each drawer labeled with the days of the week. The students will be taught to look in
the drawers for the days they missed, pick up their handouts and read the instructions. Any work
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that is late will be assessed a penalty, one day late is 10 percent, two days late is 25 percent, three
days is 50 percent, after four days it is a zero. I know I will have to keep track of when students
turn things in but I feel this will be worth it to implement this procedure.

Grading Student Work and Communicating With Parents


When I grade my work it will be checked thoroughly for completeness and I will grade it
as quickly as possible. For homework assignments they will be returned the next day and the
same time frame for multiple choice quizzes. For tests that include short answers and essays I
will need two days to grade these and the final essay project I plan for the end of the year. As I
am grading each assignment it will be entered into my computerized gradebook then and there so
I do not fall behind and my administrators can always see my classes progress. When I
communicate with parents I will be the picture of a polite, humble professional per Dr. Fred
Jones. If a parent calls and leaves a message I will call them back within twenty four hours. I will
use mostly email to stay connected with parents although I would like to make a quarterly
newsletter to send home as well. When a student does something exceptional in my class I plan
to call their parents and reinforce that behavior and congratulate the student.

Consideration of Diverse Learners


In consideration of diverse learners my procedures will be easy to follow and not
confusing per Richard Lavoie. I will have posters up in the classroom that are reminders of my
procedures. All 504s and IEPs will of course be followed. I will teach and not tell these
procedures. My procedures will not carry a penalty if not followed correctly but will instead be
retaught until the students know what is expected of them. At the beginning of the year I will
explain and rehearse these procedures and throughout the year I will reinforce them so that the
students and I will benefit from a well-structured classroom.

Rules and Consequences


Rules
In my classroom there will be five simple, clearly stated rules posted for every student to
see throughout the year. After studying the research of Dr. Harry Wong and Dr. Richard Lavoie I
have learned that students need to be clear on my expectations of them and have these rules
posted will benefit them and me for the entirety of our time together. By teaching and modeling
these rules and consequences on the very first day of school it will lay the groundwork to ensure
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that my classroom is a safe and positive learning environment so that each and every student can
exercise their right to learn. These rules will be taught throughout the year as necessary since
sometimes students can be forgetful. The rules are designed to benefit every student, including
diverse learners, not to try and punish students unnecessarily. By clearly posting the rules and
consequences for everyone to see I am ensuring that students can always check for themselves if
they have a question about what behavior needs to be followed.
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Only respectful language will be used in the classroom


Only one person talks at a time during discussion
The teacher will tell you when to pack up and leave the class
Books and materials should be treated with respect and care
Hands, feet, objects will be kept to each individual

Consequences
Consequences will be enforced fairly and consistently for each student and will follow
the course of due process for each student. The aforementioned rules will have consequences but
the appropriate state, district, and school rules will also be enforced. Further consideration will
be given to special education students with a 504 or IEP plan as deemed necessary. The teacher
reserves the right to skip steps based upon the severity of the action.

First offense warning/conference


Second offense call home
Third offense detention
Fourth offense administrative referral

Summary
To wrap up, this plan will allow me to set up a safe and beneficial learning environment
for all learners, including diverse and special education learners. By implementing and teaching
these policies on the very first day my time and the students time will be maximized for learning
and students will always know what is expected of them. By always knowing this the students
will feel safe and secure with me teaching them content and I will be able to establish a positive
relationship with them.

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